Watercolour Fantasy

Thank you ICRAFT for the delightful paper pads, Watercolour Fantasy. Made from high quality 210g paper with bold and magical colours and prints, the pads are available in 12″ and 6″, catering for the scrappers and card makers.


Watercolour Fantasy Paper Pad

I love bright colours and I just couldn’t wait to start playing with this. If you have been following my blog, you would know that I am a clean and simple card maker and I loved making simple cards with these gorgeous papers. Here the paper speaks for itself.

Card one: Using a small envelope and note card die, running it several times through my machine due to the thickness of the paper, I made four mini sets. My Sincere Sentiments Stamp set came into use with this perfectly coordinating sentiment. I loved the bright colours and how well they compliment each other.


Card two: Can you see how this paper speaks for its self? The vibrancy of these prints allow you to create simple yet stunning layouts on your cards. Using just simple stacking dies and a feather die, this card came together in no time! I did not trim down the edges of the perforation on the side – I love the raw edge it provides on this card.


Card three: Paring this card with die cuts again, strips of paper and some word cut outs from a collection in my stash, this all came together so easily. Do not be afraid to add dark colours with bright colours as the contrast adds great dimension. Stamping partly solid images onto patterned paper adds great dimension to your cards and do not be afraid to try this!


I really enjoyed playing with this collection. ICRAFT ships worldwide and I hope you get to choose this paper pad and create fun paper projects.

Thank you for reading. Until next time, learn new things and if you can be anything, choose to be a kind human being.

Yours in paper crafting,

The Girl with a Tape Runner

PRODUCT REVIEW: Itsy Bitsy Fish Stamp Set

Whilst in Bangalore this year, I visited the Itsy Bitsy Craft Store again (!) and found some gorgeous stamp sets. I love clean and simple cards, so this stamp set really caught my attention. Word on the streets say that the owners of Itsy Bitsy are humble, generous and kind. From my experience in their stores, I can tell that, even though I have not met them, they are passionate about the crafting industry and the crafters in India, are a lucky bunch!


Itsy Bitsy

This stamp set has tiny fish and other sea creatures, a cute fish bowl,  a little plant and in delightful fonts, short sentiments, that allows you to build your own scenes.

This stamp set is made from high quality polymer and gives you a clean and crisp imprint from the first attempt. I love the single thin lines that allows for neat stamping.

I also purchased two other sets – Rainbows and Dream-catcher. I plan on playing with these soon!

I made a few very simple cards using some oxide inks, versamark inks, Zig markers and stencils and I highly recommend working with it. All these cards were made under 10 minutes.

I posted these cards to show you that not all cards have to be elaborate. A grave misconception in card making is that you have to have every card making tool under the sun to create beautiful cards. With passion and some imagination, just add some plain cardstock, inks and stamps and you can make a wonderful creation that your recipients will love. Don’t feel pressurised into buying the latest gadgets, start simple.

Thank you for reading. Until next time, learn new things and if you can be anything, choose to be a kind human being.

Yours in paper crafting,

The Girl with a Tape Runner


Reminder: You’re beautiful

Hey, did I tell you how terrified I was of stamping? I was! I could never direct stamp onto any of my projects. I would always mess up and waste a lot of my products! So to play it safe, I’d stamp on a separate piece of cardstock or use printed sentiments.

On my first trip to India in December 2016, I got to shop at Die Cuts and More and the talented Mansi Gupta Sharma who owns it, sold me the Stampoholic tool.

For the first time ever, I got perfectly stamped images and sentiments and I could stamp directly onto my cards! It took my stamping to a whole new level.

Last night, I decided to step out of my safe craft zone and do a one layer card.


Using my favourite stamps and distress inks I created this beautiful one layer card.

The distress inks helped me to create the water colour background and I found the perfect round brush to create the splatters.

I used a sentiment stamp from Kaisercraft. I stamped a butterfly directly onto the card and on a separate sheet. I fussy cut the second butterfly and adhered it with foam tape over the first butterfly for dimension. (I was feeling very clever.)


I dried the card using my heat gun and (insert happy dance here) my card was finished. This really was a no fuss card.

Thank you for reading, until next time, learn new things and if you can be anything, choose to be a kind human being.

Yours in paper crafting,

The Girl with a Tape Runner

Texture Paste Gone Wrong

I am still mastering the art of working with texture paste and I’m pretty good at messing it up! This is one perfect example! 

I mixed the acrylic texture paste with some Black All Purpose Ink and using a stencil, I lathered some of the paste, wait, no. I lathered all of the paste and off course, scrapped it all off! After a few attempts, I got some texture paste on and gently raised the stencil to avoid smudges. Guess what? It still smudged! 

This card sat on my table for two days and tonight I die cut a cute paper doily, a butterfly, a circle and some pretty flowers. 

Using my Zig Clean Brush Markers I coloured the flowers and the circle. I spent at least 20 minutes looking at four flowers and two leaves! I had no idea how to cluster them but eventually it came together! 

The rest was a pretty simple assembly. Once I was done I looked at it and thought that it could take some splatters of ink and some water colour! 

And after going crazy with colour, I had the finish product.

I’ve learnt that while there are some techniques in card making, a flawed card can still be a beautiful card. 

Until next time, learn new things and if you can be anything, choose to be a kind human.

Yours in paper crafting

The Girl With A Tape Runner 

#BlogHop: Chasing Rainbows #1

Hey everyone,

I’m so excited to participate in my first ever blog hop, Chasing Rainbows.  

Inspired by my love for paper crafting, I call this card, The colour of love. 

Mixing texture paste with black ink, I stenciled the background of my card. While drying, I used Ranger Distress Inks to water colour my card topper, with Stazon Black Ink I stamped the word love, then using the coordinating dies, I cut out the letters. With foam circles, I propped up the letters onto the water coloured card topper.

I used matching rhinestones to finish off the card topper before matting the piece onto silver glitter paper. Using thick foam tape to create some dimension, I adhered the card topper onto the dried textured background.

Here’s the colour of love: 

Eight talented ladies and I are participating and I invite you to hop along to each blog, linked below and share some love. You could win awesome craft treats along the way. Be sure to come back to my blog and tell me what you loved about each card and you could win an awesome prize from me!

Blog Hop Participants:

The Girl with a Tape Runner https://thegirlwithataperunner.wordpress.com/   [you are here]

Helen Duffett http://firenzecards.blogspot.co.za/   

Marika Schuman http://dingetjies-en-datjies.blogspot.co.za/?m=1

Margaret Kieser http://digistamps4joy-sa.blogspot.com/ 

Ansu Badenhorst http://theivytreestudio.blogspot.co.za   

Sharon Keanly http://sharonskardzkorner.blogspot.co.za/

Valerie Ann Thorpe http://valbellesramblings.blogspot.co.za/

Wilna Cremer   http://scrappinpreciousmoments.blogspot.co.za

Marie Smith  https://www.purplemagnolia.co.za/blogs/news

Enjoy the blog hop! Come back and tell me what you think of each card! I’d like to make you a winner for joining in the fun!

Until next time, learn new things and if you can be anything, choose to be a kind human!

Yours in paper crafting

The Girl with a Tape Runner

Laugh, alot!

It’s becoming colder in Durban. So on most nights, I find myself wrapped up all snug, sitting at my craft desk, trying to create some magic.

I bought some Julie Nutting stamps for a tag swap that I participated in and never used it again. After finding Julie Nutting on Instagram, I decided that I want to make a card with her stamps.

Here’s a quick description of this card’s process:

  • Using a brick wall stencil and Ranger distress inks, I blended a wall background onto plain white cardstock.
  • I die cut a small picket fence,  a small paper doily, a doily topper and some leaves.
  • I stamped the doll several times on different sheets of patterned paper and using the paper piecing method, I created the doll image for the card.


Once all the elements for this card was prepared, putting this card together was seamless. To add dimension to the card, I used a raised wooden word embellishment. I finished the card off with some splatters of inks, pearls and diamantes.

Laugh, it’s an instant vacation, said Milton Berl – so I hope that my card made you take an instant vacation.

Thank you for visiting. Until next time, learn new things and if you can be anything in this world, choose to be a kind human.

Yours in papercrafting ,

The Girl with a Tape Runner

Celebrate Life. Today

On February 17, 2014 my dad’s soul went home to the God who gave us life. Dad was an artisan. He was a perfectionist in his trade and this year on his second death anniversary while going through a range of emotions, I decided that to honour his life, I will do what I know best. Create.

I created these cute little cards as a reminder to celebrate today. Light those candles. Don’t save that dress. Use those embellishments and foam tape. Tomorrow is never promised.


These cards are so simple and super easy to make. The supplies used for these cards are shown in the image above.

Want to give this a try?

Using Ranger’s Distress Inks, carefully blend the cardstock from dark to light.

Stamp your sentiment towards the bottom of the card. In this card, I stamped the Paper Smooches Celebrate stamp using Docrafts Artiste Black Dye Ink.

Use strips of patterned paper to add a fun twist to the card. You can also use washi tape. Here I have used both patterned paper and washi tape.


Life is precious. Take each day and relish it! Love the people in your life and make every moment count. Celebrate, Today and everyday.

Thank you for visiting. Until then, learn new things and be a kind human.

Yours in papercrafting,

The Girl with a Tape Runner


New year, new techniques? I’ll take that!

January 2016 felt like part two of December 2015. Towards the middle of the month, I was in hospital undergoing surgery, so January was my recovery month. So when February came, I hit the ground running – not literally but you get it right?!

I love the trend of water colouring, so many papercrafters are creating exceptionally beautiful water colour backgrounds and I am in love. So keeping up with the trends, this is what I created.


Supplies use: 



These dual tip brush markers are a dream to work with, they glide onto your acrylic block so easily. With various different colours in a pack, you are spoilt for choice for colour combinations. Using my water brush, I picked up gorgeous radiant colours and applied it to my water colour paper in no particular order – creating a beautiful mess. I left this beautiful mess to dry over night. Once dried, I cut them to 1/3 size of my card base and used the most delightful stamp, Thanks ever so much, from a leading stamp company, Paper Smooches together with the Docrafts Artiste black dye ink to stamp my sentiment. If you are following my blog, you are aware that I am terrified of direct stamping, but this stamp and ink is so pleasant to work with and it really boosted my confidence to direct stamp more often. I hoard collect cute washi tape. I am addicted. So I chose washi tape closest to my watercolour to use in these cards. Once my washi tape was stuck onto the cardstock, to create dimension, I used a generous supply of foam tape to stick the watercolour background panel onto the card. To finish of the card I added some paper flowers and scattered some sequins.

I absolutely adore the finished product! I loved the comments I received on social media about these cards and I am so grateful for seasoned papercrafters who take time to do YouTube tutorials so that I can learn about these beautiful techniques.

Thank you for visiting. Until then, learn new things and be a kind human.

Yours in papercrafting,

The Girl with a Tape Runner



Santa is coming to town

Hey, Santa is coming to town.

I loved the Quick Cards Made Easy Issue 145! The beautiful Christmas Tim Craft Helz Cuppleditch paper pack and the stamp was a crafter’s dream even though clear stamps scare me! I am terrified of colouring with Copic Markers. I have watched several videos from experienced Copic Certified Tutors and I am still terrified! However, I was very enthusiastic about this stamp, I stayed focussed! This card, was from a tutorial in the magazine.

For this card I have used:

  • Card base made from solid white cardstock
  • Printed papers from Tim Craft Helz Cuppleditch paper pack, a free gift with the Quick Cards Made Easy magazine.
  • Christmas stamps
  • Gold sequins
  • Clear flat snowflakes
  • Tim Holtz Fired Brick Distress Ink
  • Stazon Black Ink
  • Copic Markers
  • Spellbinders Circle Die Set
  • My Xyron Tape Runner, some Ranger Matt Medium and Foam tape held this all together.


I covered the card base with the red polka dot patterned paper. I trimmed the reindeer pattern paper and cut a circle in the centre from the Spellbinders Circle Die Set. Then the nerve wrecking best part: stamping and colouring! I used black Stazon ink to stamp the image, a gold pen and some copic markers to colour in the image and I think I nailed it! I was quite pleased with my effort. The image here does not do justice to my shading! Better image next time? I think so! I fussy cut the image and popped it up with some foam squares. I cut a fish tail banner for the Merry Christmas sentiment and popped it up with foam tape too! I finished off this card with beautiful gold sequins and clear snowflakes.

I really loved how this card turned out after following the tutorial in the magazine and I certainly will make more cards similar to this.

So this is what the girl and her tape runner has done!

It is the most wonderful time of the year!





Stamp Anxiety

As a new crafter, stamping is a daunting task! A hundred million emotions run through you as you prepare your card to stamp. So here’s the conversation I have with myself every.single.time I need to stamp a card:

Should I just type and print a sentiment? No! 

Should I stamp it on some scrap cardstock then cut and stick? No

Ok, then, how about I put this all away and just let it be? Not at all. 

So then, what I shall do?

Prepare your card, make pencil lines if you must, but just ink that stamp and stamp! 

I do exactly that! Ink that stamp and stamp.

Here’s how it all went down:

  • IMG_20151006_225544The base is no-name brand card stock I purchased from a paper store
    • The design paper is Dovecraft Curiosity Corner Papers
    • Using the Spellbinders Celebrations Pierced Rectangles, I die cut a rectangle and created a stitched edging in the centre of the front panel.
    • I’ve stamped the typewriter from the Noted Sizzix Framelits Die and Stamps Set on a piece of scrap card stock and used the coordinating die to cut the image. I used foam tape to pop the typewriter up for a dimensional effect in the centre of the inside fold.
    • I cut a piece of designer paper, stamped the Just a note and slid it through a make shift sliced top on the stamped typewriter. Using a skewer, I’ve curled the paper and used foam tape to pop it up for a dimensional effect.
    •  Using the coordinating stamps with this set I went on to stamp the Hello Friend and Just for you sentiments around the front border.
    • My Xyron Mega Tape Runner and some foam tape held this all together.

The stamping is imperfect here, but with time and practise the girl with a tape runner will perfect it.

Thank you for visiting, till then, be kind.